Are you considering moving to a smaller town in the United States to enjoy a better quality life? But maybe you’re not willing to sacrifice the conveniences of a large city and may need to be close to an international airport. Park City, Utah is my favorite small town and might be the right choice for you. Time Magazine named Park City one of the World’s Greatest Locations of 2022.
Before you move to Park City, you may be thinking about the cost of living and where you can get to recreation activities like skiing, golf, hiking, or biking. Because it can be difficult to get a feel of the various areas in Park City, big-box websites don’t provide descriptions of them, so we have created this guide.
Park City, Utah is located in Summit County. Here, locals can ski at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort as well as The Canyons Village. Park City is also close to Salt Lake City, which has many other ski resorts. Homes for sale in Park City are great options for any family. We have some of the best schools in the State, easy accessibility to state parks, and a slower pace. Here, you can live your vacation life!
Park City Neighborhoods
Park City’s Old Town is defined by its connection with our rich silver mining history. This neighborhood’s character is protected by the PC Historic Commission, who has taken great care to preserve it. The heart of Historic Main Street is the fine shops, restaurants, and beautiful parks. These buildings are reminiscent of old-west mining towns. Park City Mountain Resort can be found on the west side. This neighborhood offers a variety of properties, including condos, single-family homes, condos, and ski-in/ski out homes.
Aspen Springs is located to the west from McPolin Barn. It has a beautiful collection of single-family homes. These homes lead you towards the Nordic/hiking trails on Highway 224. Thaynes Canyon is a bit further south and offers single-family homes in densely wooded settings. It also has ski-in/ski-out condominiums at Park City Mountain Resort. This neighborhood is surrounded by the Park City Golf Course, Nordic Trail system, and Hotel Park City. It offers fine dining, spa services, and a mixture of condominiums with full-service hotel amenities.
Lower Deer Valley
Lower Deer Valley properties include single-family homes and condominiums. They are close to the Resort’s base, which offers great access to Main Street’s shops and restaurants. In warmer weather, you can walk to the Deer Valley Resort, as well as SUP and dog swimming at Deer Valley Plaza Lake.
Deer Crest is a gated community that borders Deer Valley Resort’s eastern border. Deer Crest is home to the 5-Star St. Regis Hotel, a luxurious, ultra-luxurious, single-family residence, condos, and homesites that overlook the Jordanelle Reservoir. Many properties have access to the mountains via private or public ski trails. The Deer Crest Club offers residents a wide range of amenities at the St. Regis Hotel. This includes a skier’s pool, hot tubs and outdoor pools, as well as private transportation and a full-service spa.
Upper Deer Valley
Upper Deer Valley also includes Silver Lake Village. This is the mid-mountain shopping and dining hub of Deer Valley Resort, at 8,000 feet, and McHenry’s Ski Beach. Stein Eriksen Lodge, perched high above the village, offers a 5-star condominium hotel experience with full spa services. Bald Eagle Club, which offers luxurious single-family residences in a gated community, has the majority of the properties in the village. The Deer Valley Club, located adjacent to Silver Lake Lodge, offers fractional ownership with a low entry cost and full access to a wide range of amenities. Many of the most stunning mountain homes in Upper Deer Valley can be found on the slopes or just a short walk from the ski runs.
Empire Pass is located at the highest elevation in Deer Valley Resort. The 1,600-acre ski-in/ski out community is located on Flagstaff Mountain and Empire Canyon. The most exclusive in Deer Valley are the luxurious condominiums and single-family homes. They are located in densely wooded areas with excellent ski access, which is just one of the reasons people love living in Empire Pass.
Empire Pass residents can choose to join the legendary Talisker Club, which offers unparalleled amenities at Tower Club and golf at Tuhaye Golf Course & Club, both designed by Mark O’Meara. The Montage Deer Valley condo hotel anchors Empire Pass. It offers stunning views, European decor and an ideal location on the slopeside. The Montage is a refined yet authentic hotel that offers private residences as well as hotel rooms. Empire Pass also includes luxury condominium buildings and single-family enclaves.
The Aerie neighborhood is perched high above Old Town. Single-family homes are scattered along the hillsides, offering breathtaking views in every direction. Single-family homes, as well as homesites, are located in close proximity to Main Street and Deer Valley Resort. Additionally, trails allow for easy access to lower elevation neighborhoods.
Prospector, a neighborhood characterized by Victorian architecture, is one of Park City’s most affordable. It offers single-family, multifamily and condominium homes. Prospector is also within easy reach of the Rail Trail, Park City’s most popular route for runners, bikers and walkers. You will also find a variety of shops and restaurants. Prospector’s east side is bounded by Quarry Mountain and a number of landmarks, including the Park City Medical Center, which is the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence, the National Ability Center and Park City Ice Rink are among its many landmarks.
Park Meadows was the first subdivision created outside Old Town back in the 1970’s and continues to be one of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods due to the proximity to the schools complex, the Park Meadows Country Club and all the hiking/snowshoeing/cross country skiing opportunities in the vast open space of Round Valley.
The center of the community is the Municipal Athletic Recreation Center (M.A.R.C), with its pool, tennis courts, and other popular fitness facilities. The neighborhood is mainly single-family and offers everything, from older properties that need TLC to luxurious lodges at higher elevations with stunning views of the ski resorts.
Canyons Village is located close to the Canyons Village area. The area offers a wide range of home prices from fractional interests to multimillion-dollar homes in the Colony. The area is convenient to Old Town and Kimball Junction. The resort hosts many events throughout the year.
Sun Peak/Bear Hollow
Sun Peak master-planned community is located just north of Canyons Resort. It offers single-family homes and condominiums, as well as a neighborhood clubhouse with swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center. A network of trails provides paved access to the north as well as rugged mountain trails for hiking and biking. Bear Hollow, located south of Olympic Park, is a densely planned community with single-family homes and condominiums. There are also several community amenities centers.
Silver Springs is located between Canyons Junction and Kimball Junction. It consists of multiple subdivisions linked by trails and parks. This area is dominated by single-family homes. Full-time residents love the beautiful mountain views, the well-maintained trails, parks, and easy access to the Swaner Nature Preserve, as well as the Parley’s Elementary school.
Old Ranch Road
Old Ranch Road is a collection of ranches and single-family homes on large acreages with stunning views from the Olympic Park to Deer Valley’s slopes and the whole range in between. Many properties can be used for equestrian purposes, and there are multiple trails that lead to the Swaner Nature Preserve and Round Valley.
Kimball Junction is the busy commercial hub at the northern entrance to Park City. The mixed-use neighborhood is home to a variety of single-family homes and condominiums. It also has easy access to Highway 224 and the I-80 Freeway. Two grocery stores, Whole Foods and movie theaters are located in the Junction’s Redstone or Newpark developments.
There is also a variety of shops and restaurants. The Tanger Outlet Mall is located on the west side. Other retail options include the Tanger Outlet Mall and the Basin Recreation Field House. Nearby recreation venues include Swaner Nature Preserve, Eco-Center and Basin Recreation Field House.
Pinebrook, a densely wooded community, is located on the south side of Park City’s entrance. It is popular with full-time residents who commute to Salt Lake City. There are many trails that run along the hillsides. Residents can enjoy easy access to Quarry Junction for shopping and dining. Gorgoza Tubing Park offers winter fun for all ages. The hillsides are home to single-family homes, while the lower elevation houses numerous condominium communities, Ecker Hill Middle school and several private schools.
Summit Park, a favorite of commuters as well as recreational enthusiasts, is located at 7,000 feet at Parley’s Summit, along I-80. It offers easy access to both Park City, and the Salt Lake Valley. The neighborhood is mainly single-family homes and boasts some of the best backcountry access and diverse trails.
Jeremy Ranch, a neighborhood located just north of I-80 and surrounded by a private 18-hole golf club, is another popular area for full-time residents. It offers large open vistas and lots of sunlight. The neighborhood’s base is Jeremy Ranch Elementary.
Glenwild, a gated Tom Fazio community, is high up on a plateau. Glenwild is home to some of the most beautiful homes in the area, with stunning views over the Snyderville Basin and the three local ski areas. The highly-rated golf course is surrounded by single-family homes. The clubhouse has a gourmet restaurant, proshop and excellent fitness facilities.
Silver Creek is located at the northern border of Park City. It offers large acreage that has zoning for horses and many unpaved roads. Access to I-80 and Highway 40 is easy for single-family homes and ranches. There are also a few commercial businesses near the neighborhood entrance.
Trailside is located between Old Ranch Road & Highway 40. It offers Trailside Elementary School & Park, with easy access to trails and parks. The area also has expansive views of Olympic Park / Canyons. Trailside is a neighborhood that is primarily inhabited by full-time residents. It offers single-family homes as well as plenty of space for children to play.
Promontory, a gated community located east of Park City, covers more than 7,000 acres. It includes two golf courses and plans to add more. The Promontory Ranch Club has a swimming pool, tennis courts and a spa. The Equestrian Center is a state of the art arena that offers boarding stalls and other services for horses. There are miles of private trails for runners, bikers and horseback riders. Promontory has both large, custom-built homes as well as smaller luxury cabins. For those who wish to build their mountain home, there are lots of homesites available with stunning views.
The Jordanelle Reservoir is the focal point of the Jordanelle area, with the surrounding hills dotted with residences. The various Jordanelle neighborhoods offer views of the reservoir’s sparkling waters, farm fields, or Deer Valley ski slopes, depending on where they are located. The Jordanelle region is split between Summit and Wasatch counties. It offers a variety of home styles and prices from luxurious single-family homes to lake view condos to luxury single-family homes.
Heber City Area
Despite experiencing rapid growth over the past decade, Heber Valley has maintained its small-town charm which is highly appreciated by both new and old residents. The Heber Valley was recently named one of the top resort values by The Wall Street Journal. It is located just 15 minutes from Park City.
The area is known for its stunning views of the Timpanogos mountains and the Red Ledges golf community. There are many recreational options, including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and skiing at Deer Valley Resort. The area is home to both primary and second-homeowners. The area is popular with vacationers for its beautiful scenery and relaxed vibe. Residents appreciate the low housing costs.
Midway, a small community with a Swiss influence, is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Midway is known for hosting several 2002 Winter Olympic events at Soldier Hollow’s cross-country track or biathlon range. There are many golf courses in the area, including Soldier Hollow, Homestead Resort, and Wasatch. Midway offers plenty of open space, and easy access to the local mountains.
This is a great place for those who enjoy fishing, horseback riding, and skiing. Midway, located just 20 minutes from Park City, is seeing steady growth. Although Midway’s home prices are slightly more than those in neighboring Heber, most Midway residents feel that the community is worth the extra cost. Charleston is a small community on the banks of Deer Creek Reservoir. It is attractive for Provo commuters.
Hideout, a township on the Jordanelle Reservoir’s eastern edge, offers breathtaking views of Mt Timpanogos and the Jordanelle to Deer Valley. Hideout Canyon is a master-planned community that includes single-family homes, condos and townhomes. All of these homes have access to the Outlaw golf course. The Mayflower exit of Highway 40 in Deer Valley is where you’ll find the Jordanelle Express gondola, which provides easy access to this area via ski.
Tuhaye, a Talisker Corporation premier golf community, offers custom single-family homes around the Mark O’Meara. Deer Mountain, River View, and Star Harbor are all subdivisions and townhomes. Condominiums can be found at Fox Bay, Hailstone, Village at the Shores and the Lodge at Stillwater.
These three picturesque communities are located at the base of the Uinta Mountain. While Midway and Heber are gradually becoming more populous, Kamas has maintained its “wild west” roots. Wild Willow is the most well-known residential area in Francis. It features large homesites with ranch-style homes. The Victory Ranch development is located near Francis. It covers 5,600 acres and features a Rees Jones-designed golf course, five miles of private fishing along the Provo River, and stunning luxury homes. Woodland is most well-known for its Wolf Creek Ranch development which boasts the largest residential land parcels. Wolf Creek lots can be 160 acres or more, and have a two-mile perimeter. Park City is easily accessible from the entire development, which includes 14,000 acres of breathtaking outdoor recreational paradise.
Between Coalville and Kamas, the small farming communities of Oakley & Peoa in Summit County are found. Peoa and Oakley are surrounded by stunning mountain views. There are many working farms and ranches that have a rich history. Oakley hosts the world-famous 4th of July Oakley Rodeo. Peoa hosts Mountain Town Music’s summertime concerts in the charming Woodenshoe Park. These areas are home to luxury properties, but the housing stock tends to be older and more affordable. North Bench Farms is a planned community in the area that offers a more intimate experience.
Summit County’s seat is Coalville, despite its small population and rural location. Three towns, Coalville and Wanship, are primarily agricultural. Many families have been living in the area for many generations. The Weber River is a great place to fish. It flows into Rockport Reservoir, which is a popular spot for water recreation. These towns, which are mostly ranch and agricultural lands, are located in rural areas. However, they are only a short drive from Park City via Interstate 80. These communities offer excellent home values for potential buyers.
As you can see, there are a plethora of amazing neighborhood options in Park City. The hard part is often having to choose between them.
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